After acquiring left-hander Wade Miley and right-hander Jonathan Aro from the Red Sox today in exchange for right-hander Carson Smith and left-hander Roenis Elias, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto continues to stay busy.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners are in talks with the Brewers about a trade for Adam Lind. Seattle has an obvious need for a first baseman and Milwaukee is in rebuild-mode, so it’s a potential match on paper, but it’s unclear if Dipoto has the prospects to get a deal done.
Lind, 32, is coming off a solid season where he batted .277/.360/.460 with 20 home runs and 87 RBI over 149 games. He’s owed $8 million in 2016 before becoming a free agent, so he’s an attractive target for first base/DH-needy clubs.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler confirmed on Tuesday that veteran Johnny Cueto be the Opening Day starter against the Dodgers in L.A. on July 23, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Cueto will start opposite Clayton Kershaw. Kapler tabbed Cueto originally for the Opening Day start back in March, but that was for a 162-game season and before the league shut down due to the pandemic.
Cueto, 34, is making his fifth career Opening Day start. The previous four he made came in 2012-15 with the Reds. Madison Bumgarner started five of the previous six Opening Days for the Giants, but he’s now a member of the Diamondbacks.
Cueto underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018 and didn’t return to action until September last season. Across 16 innings spanning four starts, the right-hander allowed nine earned runs on 11 hits and nine walks with 13 strikeouts. The Giants are hoping Cueto can return to 2016 form when we was an All-Star, finishing 18-5 with a 2.79 ERA over 219 2/3 innings.
The Giants will have their hands full with the Dodgers to open the season. Last year, the Dodgers won 106 games while the Giants won 77. The recently-released PECOTA standings from Baseball Prospectus sees the Dodgers going 39-21 and finishing first while the Giants are projected to go 25-35 and finish in last place.